Here’s part of Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick’s appearance on Fox & Friends, where he uses the El Paso shooting to call for federal government intervention in the video game industry, more prayer in schools, and more saluting the flag, among other things. pic.twitter.com/8xqkEyvvH7
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Courtesy of Mediaite:
Patrick noted that the Texas attack was “obviously a hate crime” against immigrants, before rejecting gun control as a solution, instead focusing on why social media and video games are the leading factor behind mass shootings.
“Why are we allowing young people or anyone to go to a website to learn and be killed and be praised to put this manifesto out. Why are we allowing our children… watching video games? Again, larger than the music industry and the movie industry combined. Are we ignoring that? This was maybe a video game to this evil demon. A video game to him. He has no sense of humanity, no sense of life. He wanted to be a super soldier, for his Call of Duty game, so we need to look at all of this and who we are and as long as we continue to only praise God and look at God on a Sunday morning and kick him out of the town square at our schools the other six days of the week, what do we expect? What do we expect? There’s no excuse for this. We condemn it totally but as a nation we have to look at this and leave all of the politics out of it.”
The El Paso shooter did make one reference to the video game Call of Duty in his so-called “manifesto,” but most of it was filled with rhetoric that was in lockstep with Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
The guy was a white nationalist who admired other white nationalist mass murderers.
His inspiration clearly did not come from first-person shooters, it came from domestic terrorists who looked and thought as he did.
Also let me point out that video games are filled with cartoon violence where the protagonist dispatches his enemies, with cannon fire, giant swords, and of course magic.
However nobody slaughters a mall full of people with giant swords or magic because that would be impossible.
They choose readily available guns because this is America and gaining access to military-style weapons is a piece of cake.
Dan Patrick is avoiding the obvious because he is paid by gun lobbyists to do just that.
He does not offer a single workable solution to the real problem, and in fact chooses to stand in the way of real workable solutions because that is what he is paid to do.